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Monday, 25 May 2009

Cherry stone thermal cushion

It's Cherry Time!
Cherries have a magical history - the Romans discovered sweet cherries in Asia Minor in about 70 BC and introduced them to Britain in the first century. Although the fruit has always been popular for dessert and culinary purposes, cherries were used during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries for their medicinal properties. Hot cherry stones were once used in bed-warming pans and Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" associates cherries with love and romance.
According to tradition, Swiss distillery workers, who understood the heat-retaining properties of cherry stones, would tie them in small bags, place them on the factory stoves and use them at the end of the day to treat stiff shoulders, sore backs and the general aches and pains of their toil.

Today cherry stone thermal cushions can be heated in a microwave oven for 3 minutes for a therapeutic hot pad or alternatively placed in the freezer to create an extremely effective cold compress for fuffy eyes and bruises.
Last year I saved all the cherry stones from my desserts (approx. 200 gr.) washed them well and dried them in the sun and when dry I put them away hoping to make one of these cushions someday and at last I finally got down to it... I found a pretty backstitch embroidery design to put on it and here's the result. So don't throw away those cherry stones ... they are useful to our health.



E' tempo di ciliegie!
Le ciliegie hanno una storia magica - I Romani scoprirono le ciliegie dolci in Asia Minore intorno al 70 AC e la loro introduzione in Gran Bretagna risale al primo secolo. Anche se la frutta è sempre stata famosa per il dessert e a fini culinari, le ciliegie sono state utilizzate nel corso del quindicesimo e sedicesimo secolo per le loro proprietà medicinali. Anni fa i noccioli di ciliegia riscaldati furono utilizzati per riscaldare i letti e Shakespeare nella sua commedia" Sogno di una notte di mezza estate" associa le ciliegie con amore e romanticismo.
Secondo la tradizione, in Svizzera i lavoratori di una distilleria , conoscendo le proprietà medicinali dei noccioli di ciliegia, li legavano in piccoli sacchetti e li riscaldavano sulle stufe della fabbrica, per poi usarli alla fine della giornata per trattare le loro rigide spalle, mal di schiena , e altri dolori della loro fatica.

Oggi queste cuscini termici si riscaldano in un forno a microonde per 3 minuti , in alternativa, se messi nel congelatore avrete uno strumento estremamente efficace per occhi gonfi e vari lividi ... uguale alla borsa del ghiaccio.
L'anno scorso ho salvato tutti i noccioli di ciliegia dal mio dessert (circa 200 gr.) Li ho lavati molto bene e asciugati al sole. Quando erano secchi li ho messi via con la speranza di fare, un giorno, uno di questi cuscini e finalmente l'ho realizzato ... ho trovato un bel disegno per ricamo da metterci sopra ed ecco il risultato. Non buttate via quei noccioli... sono utili all nostra salute.

10 comments:

Cinzia said...

Visto che mio cognato ha più di 1000 piante di ciliegio, mi sa che nè farò più di qualcuno!
Baciotti dolce Sue.
Cinzia

Amber said...

I've never heard of this before! What a nice way to use everything! I'll have to pass this along. TFS!!!

Doreen said...

What an interesting post Sue, very informative and great pictures too.
Well done on your stitching, your cushion is so lovely. Isn't it amazing how we can find uses for so many things we usually throw away.
Thanks sis,
Hugs,
Doreen

Crafty Sue said...

Cinzia... WOW 1000 PIANTE DI CILIEGIO... hai voglia di fare cuscini!


Amber, I discovered these cushions last year, I didn't know about the therapeutic effects of cherry stones until a friend told me about them.


Doreen, yes it is really amazing how many things we throw away without knowing they can be useful in many other ways. You're surprised by the info? I made a good search this time LOL!

HUGS,
SUE

Lynn said...

I did not know cherry stones could be used this way but I'll be saving them when I come across some cherries at the grocer. I love natural remedies anyway.

Leola - Southshoreartist said...

This is great Sue. Cherry season is about a month or so away here. I know I will definitely be saving the stones and making some of these. who would have thunk? :) Keep sharing those great ideas!!!

Daisy Soap Girl said...

Wow! We sure learn a lot from each other. Ididn't know that about cherries. I love them and will save my seeds for projects. Thanks Sue.

Zen said...

Hey Sue! Didn't know about the cherry stones!! Thanks for sharing your info with us.

Crafty Sue said...

Girls, it seems there are still many things we can discover by visiting each others blogs ... happy to know my post has been useful.
Hugs to all,
Sue.

nicoletta said...

Molto bello il cuscinetto, anch'io quest'anno ho conservato i noccioli e farò anch'io qualcosa.
Complimenti sei molto brava
ciao ciao

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